Definition of hangi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaŋi/
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːŋi/


1A pit in which food is cooked on heated stones.
Example sentences
  • In terms of the economy we are cooking with gas not hangi stones anymore.
  • As Stephen Franks said a minute ago, the people who cook in a hangi or on a barbecue will be paying for those who like to cook on a Smeg or in a microwave oven and want a guaranteed uninterrupted power supply.
  • The kids ran around the hangi pit like wild Indians, whooping and yelling ‘War!’
1.1 [mass noun] The food cooked in a hangi.
Example sentences
  • We ate hangi for dinner - meat, smoky carrots and kumara cooked in baskets under the earth on hot rocks for over three hours.
  • I love hangi food, especially kumara, which is a sweet potato.
  • I just make two points to Mr Key: firstly, hangi are not cooked in a microwave, and, secondly, instead of having his groceries delivered, it may pay him to go down to the supermarket.
1.2A meal or gathering at which food is cooked in a hangi and served.
Example sentences
  • One of the highlights of the weekend is when a hangi or huge communal meal that has been cooked in the ground for several hours is served on the Saturday evening.
  • The hangi is a feast that may only be prepared in the regions of the country where there are hot springs.
  • The Paparoa marae offers a Maori cultural experience - starting with a powhiri and interpretation of Maori tikanga, followed by a traditional hangi and evening entertainment.



Words that rhyme with hangi

slangy, tangy, twangy

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